'Fish Tank' leads Brit indie film award noms

Closely followed by Duncan Jones's sci-fi thriller "Moon"

LONDON -- Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" leads the pool of nominations announced Monday for this year's British Independent Film Awards with eight spanning all major categories.

Arnold's film is nominated in the best British film category while the writer/director herself is nominated for best director and best screenplay nods. Her film's lead Katie Jarvis, an unknown discovered by the filmmaker on an Essex railway platform, is nominated in this year's best actress and most promising newcomer categories.

Duncan Jones's sci-fi psychological thriller debut "Moon" rises just behind Arnold's movie with seven nominations including best director and best film.

And Lone Scherfig's coming of age drama "An Education, Armando Iannucci's sweary political saga "In The Loop" and the John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy," directed by Sam Taylor Wood, each garner six nominations. Jane Campion's poetic tale of love "Bright Star" takes four slots across the nominations.

Other titles with multiple nominations include "Katalin Varga," "Bronson" and "Bunny & The Bull."

BIFA directors Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson said the organization had a record number of films submitted for this year's nods with the BIFA pre-selection committee of 70 members viewing more than 200 films, out of which they selected the nominations, decided by ballot.

"A highlight from the nominations is the very strong debut director category," the duo said.

Daniel Day Lewis will be honored with the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

This year's jury includes actors Jodie Whittaker, Idris Elba, Liam Cunningham, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan and directors Sarah Gavron and Eran Creevy.

The nods will be dished out Sunday Dec. 6 in London at a ceremony hosted by James Nesbitt.

SELECTED NOMINATIONS

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
"An Education"
"Fish Tank"
"In The Loop"
"Moon"
"Nowhere Boy"

BEST DIRECTOR
"Fish Tank," Andrea Arnold
"In The Loop," Armando Iannucci
"Moon," Duncan Jones
"Bright Star," Jane Campion
"An Education," Lone Scherfig

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD (BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR)
"In The Loop," Armando Iannucci
"Moon," Duncan Jones
"Katalin Varga," Peter Strickland
"Nowhere Boy," Sam Taylor Wood
"The Unloved," Samantha Morton

BEST SCREENPLAY
"An Education," Nick Hornby
"Fish Tank," Andrea Arnold
"In The Loop," Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
"Moon," Nathan Parker
"Nowhere Boy," Matt Greenhalgh

BEST ACTRESS
"Bright Star," Abbie Cornish
"An Education," Carey Mulligan
"The Young Victoria," Emily Blunt
"Fish Tank," Katie Jarvis
"Skin," Sophie Okonedo

BEST ACTOR
"Nowhere Boy," Aaron Johnson
"Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," Andy Serkis
"In The Loop," Peter Capaldi
"Moon," Sam Rockwell
"Bronson," Tom Hardy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
"Nowhere Boy," Anne-Marie Duff
"Bright Star," Kerry Fox
"Fish Tank," Kierston Wareing
"Nowhere Boy," Kristin Scott Thomas
"An Education," Rosamund Pike

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
"An Education," Alfred Molina
"The Damned United," Jim Broadbent
"Looking for Eric," John Henshaw
"Fish Tank," Michael Fassbender
"In The Loop," Tom Hollander

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
"Me & Orson Welles," Christian McKay
"White Lightnin'," Edward Hogg
"The Boys Are Back," George MacKay
"Katalin Varga," Hilda Peter
"Fish Tank," Katie Jarvis

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution to British Film)
Daniel Day Lewis
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